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Bridget Heydon

Female Abt 1480 - Bef 1554  (~ 74 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Bridget Heydon was born about 1480 (daughter of Henry Heydon and Anne Boleyn); died before 17 Jan 1554; was buried on 17 Jan 1554 in St. Margaret's, Paston, Norfolk, England.

    Notes:

    The History of Parliament article about her son Clement Paston correctly calls her "da. of Sir Henry Heydon of Baconsthorpe", but the link on Henry Heydon's name mistakenly goes to Henry Heydon (<1507-1559) of Watford, Hertfordshire, once thought to have been a great-great grandfather of PNH's immigrant ancestor Francis Heydon (d. 1694). This is obviously chronologically impossible. The irony is that the William Heydon who was her actual father was a son of a man who changed his name to Heydon because he thought it sounded more upmarket, and who stole his arms from the Watford Heydon family of whom the Henry Heydon who d. 1559 was a member.

    Family/Spouse: William Paston. William (son of John Paston and Margery Brewse) was born about 1479; died on 20 Sep 1554 in Paston, Norfolk, England; was buried on 26 Sep 1554 in St. Margaret's, Paston, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Anne Paston died before 1533.
    2. Erasmus Paston was born before 1508; died before 6 Nov 1540; was buried on 6 Nov 1540 in Paston, Norfolk, England.
    3. Clement Paston was born before 1523; died on 18 Feb 1598 in Oxnead, Norfolk, England.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Henry Heydon was born in in of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England (son of John Heydon and Eleanor Winter); died between 20 Feb and 22 May 1504 in Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England.

    Notes:

    From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

    Henry Heydon, also a common lawyer, was knighted at Henry VII's coronation in 1485 and married Anne (d. 1510), daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn of Blickling, Norfolk. He was survived by three sons, the eldest of whom, John Heydon (1468–1550), inherited the Norfolk and Kent estates, and five daughters, for whom he arranged good marriages.

    Many prominent sixteenth-century East Anglian families (such as the Townshends, Pastons, and Jenneys) owed their rise to a successful fifteenth-century lawyer of humble origins, but even by these standards the rapid ascent of the Heydons is remarkable and owed much to the opportunities and tenacity of the first John Heydon. In the pedigree devised by Clarenceux king of arms for Sir Christopher Heydon in 1563, the family tree before the first John Heydon is fictitious: and the arms of Sir Christopher himself were derived from those of the Hertfordshire Heydons, who were unrelated to the Norfolk family.

    Henry married Anne Boleyn. Anne (daughter of Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London and Anne Hoo) died about 1510. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Anne Boleyn (daughter of Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London and Anne Hoo); died about 1510.
    Children:
    1. Anne Heydon died before 8 May 1521.
    2. John Heydon was born about 1468 in of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England; died on 16 Aug 1550.
    3. 1. Bridget Heydon was born about 1480; died before 17 Jan 1554; was buried on 17 Jan 1554 in St. Margaret's, Paston, Norfolk, England.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John Heydon was born in in of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England (son of William Baxter); died in 1479.

    Notes:

    "John Heydon, gentleman, of Baconsthorpe (about 3 miles from Gresham) was a Norwich lawyer who encouraged Lord Moleyns in his attack on Gresham manor. He was J.P. 1441-50 and 1455-60, and M.P. 1445-6, 1459, and 1460-1, but was involved in many illegal and violent incidents. He died in 1479." [Norman Davis, footnote in The Paston Letters, citation details below.]

    "Heydon [formerly Baxter], John (d. 1479), lawyer, was the son of William Baxter, a free peasant or yeoman at Heydon in north-east Norfolk in the early fifteenth century. Heydon's humble origins were known to contemporaries and although throughout his career he used the surname Heydon, possibly in order to disguise his origins, legal records as late as 1450 refer to him as John Heydon of Baconsthorpe alias John Baxter of Heydon." [Oxford DNB, citation details below.]

    "John Heydon's marriage was troubled. He seems to have believed that the second child born to his wife, Eleanor, was not his; in July 1444 Margaret Paston reported that Heydon 'wille nowt of here, nerre of here chyld', and that he had threatened to cut off her nose 'to makyn here to be know wat sche is' and kill the infant if they came near him. Heydon appears to have remained on good terms with his father-in-law, but his marital problems clearly continued, for in October 1450 he is said to have paled visibly when Chief Justice Markham remarked that he 'levid ungoodly in puttyng awey of his wyff and kept another'. His will, made in March 1478 and proved in 1480, makes no reference to his wife or to any child besides Henry, though it is otherwise a pious and conscientious document." [Oxford DNB, citation details below.]

    John married Eleanor Winter. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Eleanor Winter (daughter of Edmund Winter).
    Children:
    1. 2. Henry Heydon was born in in of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England; died between 20 Feb and 22 May 1504 in Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England.

  3. 6.  Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London was born about 1405 in of London, England (son of Geoffrey Boleyn and Alice Bracton); died between 14 Jun 1463 and 2 Jul 1463; was buried in St. Lawrence Jewry, London, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Blickling, Norfolk, England

    Notes:

    Citizen and mercer of London. Sheriff of London 1446-47. Burgess for London, 1449. Alderman 1452-63; Lord Mayor, 1457-58.

    Geoffrey married Anne Hoo before 1445. Anne (daughter of Thomas Hoo and Elizabeth Wychingham) died in 1484; was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Anne Hoo (daughter of Thomas Hoo and Elizabeth Wychingham); died in 1484; was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.
    Children:
    1. 3. Anne Boleyn died about 1510.
    2. Alice Boleyn
    3. William Boleyn was born about 1451 in of Blickling, Norfolk, England; died on 5 Oct 1505; was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  William Baxter was born in in of Heydon, Norfolk, England.
    Children:
    1. 4. John Heydon was born in in of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England; died in 1479.

  2. 10.  Edmund Winter was born in in of Barningham, Suffolk, England; died in 1448.
    Children:
    1. 5. Eleanor Winter

  3. 12.  Geoffrey Boleyn was born in in of Salle, Norfolk, England (son of Thomas Boleyn).

    Geoffrey married Alice Bracton. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 13.  Alice Bracton
    Children:
    1. 6. Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London was born about 1405 in of London, England; died between 14 Jun 1463 and 2 Jul 1463; was buried in St. Lawrence Jewry, London, England.

  5. 14.  Thomas Hoo was born before 1399 in of Hoo, Luton, Bedfordshire, England (son of Thomas Hoo and Eleanor Felton); died on 13 Feb 1455.

    Notes:

    Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire 1430. Esquire of the Chamber to Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter. Chancellor in France and Normandy. Summoned to Parliament 2 Jan 1449, 5 Sep 1450, and 20 Jan 1453.

    Thomas married Elizabeth Wychingham before 1 Jul 1428. Elizabeth (daughter of Nicholas Wychingham) died before 1445. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 15.  Elizabeth Wychingham (daughter of Nicholas Wychingham); died before 1445.
    Children:
    1. 7. Anne Hoo died in 1484; was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.